On Friday I had another hospital day except this Friday was very special. As part of my refresher training I got to attend a National Neisseria Network meeting and its gonorrhoea* day. It’s been five years since my last NNN meeting and I’ve especially missed my gonorrhoea and meningococcal meningitis/septicæmia friends. There were lots of hands shaken plus hugs and kisses with old friends. It was good to be back with mates.
I started the day with some avocado on toast
Because parking in Canberra is less than easy (to put it politely) I set off early to find an all day parking spot ($9). That gave me time to have a nice coffee at the Elk and Pea. References to Elk and Pea in Yummy Lummy.
After a great day I went to have dinner with Bron at the Canberra Southern Cross Club. References to Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison in Yummy Lummy.
I wanted a steak
Look at the unctuous Hollandaise sauce! It all sat on a bed of mashed potato.
I didn’t need this but I wanted to try Hummingbird cake
It wasn’t very good if I’m honest. I should have asked for baked cheesecake.
I woke up on Saturday and decided I wanted an omelet
Yes that’s cranberry jelly because jam is good with anything (my personal motto). This was a Gruyere and coon cheese omelet with parsley (no meat).
Grocery shopping is not complete without a flat white coffee at Gourmet Deli at Westfield Belconnen
I bought a Status Quo CD at the supermarket. Don’t judge me.
Coles have used a Status Quo song for their discount pricing. Many Australians believe the band has sold out.
For my birthday Mum and dad got me a Myer gift card for $50. [Myer on Twitter] I had every intention of buying a new toaster. I went past the slow cookers and saw this and couldn’t take my eyes off it.
In the last post I mentioned my shelf of shame
I’m grateful to friends who saw no shame in having a shelf with tinned meat in it. Many of my former school mates do believe like me that SPAM is meat.
Okay so this is where this post means the business. Last night Bron conjured some Mexican magic and made a splendid nay stupendous meal of chicken with mole sauce. Bron had made this before but last night’s meal was served with corn bread too.
Corn bread out of the oven
It was beautiful
Chicken with the chocolate mole sauce off the stove
Our meal was served with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream
I ate mine as a tortilla
I ate three of these. This was the skinniest one 🙂
At the end there was a little salsa, guacamole and sour cream left over. Bron asked what should be done with it? What did you think I did with it?
For dessert Bron made a David Lebovitz inspired Orange-Cardamon flan
Just so you know how good it looked served up. It was magnificent. Do you like the way it’s garnished?
Yummy corn bread
I had a food baby after dinner. It was amazingly good. Thank you Bron. It was spectacular.
Sunday was welcomed with avocado on toast again
I needed to buy food for the slow cooker, so why not have another coffee
Lunch was grilled coon cheese on toast
Today I used my new Breville Fast Slow Cooker for the first time. I’ve never used a slow cooker before.
I looked at a few on-line recipes as well as some of Bron’s and thought I’d do a pork curry. I ended up making it up as I thought about it. Bron convinced me not to go with a prepared packet mix.
I used the following ingredients:
Belly pork and pork forequarter chops ~1 kg
Onion brown 1
Green pepper corns 1 small tin
Water chestnuts 1 small tin sliced
Peanut paste 1 small container
Coconut milk 1 tin
Star anise 2
Chinese five spice a couple of good pinches
Brown sugar 1 tablespoon
Chinese broccoli as much as you like
Bok choy as much as you like
Carrots as much as you like
Potatoes 2 cut in quarters
I browned off the meat and onions and then added them to the bowl along with all the other ingredients plus some water. I locked the lid and set the cooker to six hours and waited.
It may not look too flash but this pork curry was delicious. I have three containers in the refrigerator for work lunches this week.
It’s been a good few days in food. I hope you have a good week and enjoy eating.
* One of my favourite infections as a Clinical Microbiologist is gonorrhoea and more specifically, one of my favourite microorganisms is Neisseria gonorrhoeæ. I have a few microorganisms that are more favourite. Maybe one day I’ll blog about them. When I was working in the Northern Territory of Australia, I was really interested in gonorrhoea in Indigenous Australians and antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeæ.
- Dinner at Eat 86 | @eat86 @EatShootBlog @hercanberra (yummylummy.com)
- Mexican dinner party | Shout out to @davidlebovitz | #bestblogs13 (yummylummy.com)
- Slow Cooker Mexican Cauliflower Rice (no ricing required) (heidieliseb.wordpress.com)